Keys to Victory: LSU Game

Ole Miss hosts the top-ranked Tigers Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in front of a nationally televised audience. Go inside for the keys to a Rebel upset.

Win Special Teams

This phase of the game has been a sore spot for Ole Miss all season, but producing big plays on special teams and limiting them for LSU will be a necessity. Trindon Holliday is a terror for the Tigers and must be bottled up and kept from making a difference on kickoffs. The Rebels can't settle for field goals, but Josh Shene must convert when called up on. Justin Spark kicking off will be a help if he produces like the last opportunity versus Northwestern State.

Be Productive on the Ground

It won't be easy for the oft-maligned Rebel run game to pick up its game, but getting some productivity to run the clock and dictate tempo will be needed. Ole Miss was able to establish a straight-ahead attack last season in the 23-20 overtime defeat, and the same tactic could work again. The Rebel OL is large and can balance the Tigers' team speed with physical play that isn't flashy but effective.

Get Off the Field on Third Down

If Ole Miss can limit the Tiger ground game, LSU will frequently be in medium length third downs. The Rebels have to take advantage and get the ball back to their offense. Allowing LSU to achieve a new set of downs on a consistent basis will be demoralizing.

Empty the Playbook

Specific matchups don't favor Ole Miss in many categories, but the Rebels hung in last year thanks to creativity and timely tricks. That will again need to be the case. A fake punt and an onsides kick propelled the Rebels to a 20-7 advantage before the Tigers scored 16 unanswered to win. They played like they had nothing to lose and will need to on Saturday as well. Not many times can a team be in a situation to shock the college football world, but now is one of those chances. Playing with confidence and high energy is the only way to have an opportunity in the fourth quarter.

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